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Citizen preparedness training event in West Seneca postponed

by jmaloni


Wed, Nov 19th 2014 08:30 am


The citizen preparedness training program event scheduled to take place at the West Seneca Senior Center Thursday has been postponed due to weather. A new date hasn't been scheduled yet.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's citizen preparedness training program provides residents with the knowledge and tools to prepare for emergencies and disasters, respond accordingly, and recover as quickly as possible to pre-disaster conditions.

New York National Guard troops, working with experts from the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and local emergency management personnel, are holding classes across the state.

The program was designed by DHSES and covers a broad range of emergency preparedness topics, including developing a family emergency plan, stocking up on emergency supplies, and registering for NY-Alert, the free statewide emergency alert system. Participants also receive a training certificate, a wallet-sized "Z-Card" with emergency preparedness information, and a free citizen preparedness starter kit (one per family). The kit includes a first-aid pack, face mask, pocket radio with batteries, food bars, emergency blanket and other key items to help citizens in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

The classes include information about what other supplies and personal information citizens should add to their kits.

For more information about the event, call the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs at 518-786-6186, or Master Sgt. Ray Drumsta at 518-786-6151.

For more information on the program and emergency preparedness, visit www.nyprepare.gov.

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